I love romantic comedies. They’ve always been a total guilty pleasure for me, especially when they offer a unique plotline and conclusion. Because, let’s face it, rom-coms are often guilty of following similar plot tropes over and over again. Enter “The Bold Type”. This new TV series from Freeform offers a fresh take on the romantic comedy genre. It follows three best friends, Sutton, Jane, and Kat, as they navigate their 20s in New York City. Together, they tackle issues at their jobs working for Scarlet Magazine (a fictionalized version of Cosmo) and the dating scene. It’s like an updated version of “Sex and the City”, complete with Snapchat and topical hot-button issues.
“The Bold Type” is exactly what I would’ve wanted from a TV show when I was in high school, and it’s definitely still something I’m enjoying now. It champions feminism and allows each main girl to have her own definition of it while still being there for each other and the other women around them. One of the most notable women on the show is their boss, the CEO of Scarlet, Jacqueline. Unlike many female bosses portrayed in movies and TV, she isn’t mean and vicious to her employees. While Jacqueline does command respect, she also acts as a mentor to Jane and doesn’t treat the girls like lesser beings.
If you’ve ever had any sort of feminist confusion or problem in your life (read: everyone), I highly recommend this show. When I pressed play on the first episode, I doubted I would fall in love with this show the way I did. I thought it would pretend to understand modern young adulthood and feminism and fail miserably with stilted conversation and wrapped-up-too-quickly issues. But Jane and her gal pals deal with very realistic daily issues and still maintain a very believable friendship. Sure, they fight, but at the end of the day, they’ve got each other’s backs.
After watching the first episode, I was hooked. The storylines grab your attention, and each character has a compelling three-dimensional personality. I found myself both tearing up and laughing throughout each episode, and now I can’t let go. So far, only 4 episodes have aired, which you can watch online if you need to catch up!
"The Bold Type" airs every Tuesday at 9pm on Freeform.